HBO Sports Head Speaks on Early 2018 Plans For Network

By Steve Kim

Thus far in 2018, HBO has a card on January 27th that is co-headlined by Jorge Linares and Lucas Matthysse, then 'SuperFly 2' on February 24th (which both take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California) and then on March 3rd a broadcast that features Sergey Kovalev and a bout between Dmitry Bivol and Sullivan Barrera.

So what else can we expect from the network in the first quarter of the new year?

"I think you'll see beyond the fights you'll see in January, February and March that you just listed, we'll also see the return of Danny Jacobs, we'll see the return of Gennady Golovkin and 'Canelo'(Saul) Alvarez in everyone's hopes will be facing one another and right now they're hunkered down in a negotiations with one another," said Peter Nelson, the Executive V.P. of HBO Sports, to "We remain optimistic about that and while the two sides are talking we feel like the big fight that everyone wants to see will end up happening."


Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a disputed draw last September 16th in Las Vegas. The rematch, like their first encounter, will be distributed on pay-per-view.

As for Jacobs, who began his new multi-fight relationship with HBO on November 11th by defeating Luis Arias, word is that he will return on April 28th and that the Barclay Center in Brooklyn is a likely destination.

As for the rest of the HBO boxing slate, Nelson continued - "I think you'll continue to see the development of fighters that you saw that had breakout performances, whether that's Dmitry Bivol, or whether its Sadam Ali. Again, I think it's 50-50 competition is what we're looking for. That's what creates stars not just putting fighters on TV and hoping that fans will rally around the closure.

"That is proven to be a recipe for mediocrity and that isn't our strategy and we know quite clearly from fans - and including your readership - that's not what fans of the sport want to see.

"They want to see 50-50 fights where anyone can win and they love nothing more than going in thinking that a fight is going to go a particular way and go see an upset.''

Steve Kim is the news editor for

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bronx2245 on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18391784]Danny will fight lame ass Spike O'Sullivan.[/QUOTE]Yeah, I didn't realize Murata was with Top Rank (ESPN) so he won't be facing Jacobs on HBO! I don't know if Jacobs made the right move, unless he didn't want to fight Charlo…

Comment by MulaKO on 01-09-2018

Are the Zuffa brothers still involved? I thought they got out of the fight game I know the bag carrier (Dana) wants to get in on the game especially after seeing the kind of money that’s there for the taking…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 01-09-2018

[QUOTE=Pandur;18391490]HBO really need to sign Joshua this year.[/QUOTE] I'd make a bet on that. With Hearn's relationship with HBO & HBO doubling Showtime's offer (which they had to match) for Joshua's last fight I think its just a matter of…

Comment by Mammoth on 01-08-2018

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;18391495]Hope Danny fights Murata! The HBO deal limits who he can fight, so Murata is the best choice! I know Danny and Boo-Boo are homies, but there's a lot dough on the table, for Jacobs vs. Andrade (Giants vs. Patriots…

Comment by Boxing lives on 01-08-2018

Just dont feature snoozefest supplier andrade against crap competition. I'd rather not see duck andrade featured at all unless its an actual fight.

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